According to Hoboken Administrator of Cultural Affairs Geri Fallo, the tour is designed so that patrons can walk easily from studio to studio and gallery to gallery as Hoboken is only a square mile and every location is convenient.
The tour takes advantage of Hoboken’s artistic hotspots like the Neumann Leathers complex or the Monroe Center for the Arts.
Union City photographer Joe Epstein will also have some of his photographs on display.
“It’s a good way for people to get to know how many different artists and what type of different artists are in and around Hoboken,” said Epstein of the annual tour. “The art community in town pretty big, but I don’t know if it’s something Hoboken known for. People think of artists and they think of the Monroe Center or Neumann Leathers building, but there are a lot of people in other places in town and around town that are really very talented. It’s a very diverse community and the more exposure to it hopefully will draw people out of town and in town to it.”
Epstein’s art will be on display at Right Angle, a framing shop at 320 Washington St.
Attendees will be able to view his photographs of the flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy as well as shots showcasing life in and around Hoboken.
Neumann Leathers at 300 Observer Hwy. is home to the renowned artist and tour founder Timothy Daly who will have his work displayed this year. “About 1982, my artist friends and I organized the first Hoboken Studio Tour,” said Daly. “We charged five bucks for a tour map.”
He said he got the idea to start one in Hoboken because of the rise of such tours in New York.
“Well a few art tours and open studio tours had started in Manhattan at the time, SoHo and the Lower East Side, and it seemed like it would be a fun idea to see each others studios and get our art exhibited,” said Daly. “It’s nice to see that it still has legs.”
“It is great citizens and people are coming in,” added Daly. “We probably have 40 or 50 artists [in the Neumann Leathers building], which will have their studios open.”
He added that attendees might even see a few unmapped locations, as some artists don’t sign up for the tour but “just open their doors last-minute, so there could be some real surprises.”
He said he will have several urban industrial landscapes on display.
Anyone wishing to go can simply download a map of tour locations via the city’s website or pick one up at City Hall, 94 Washington St.
At City Hall you can begin the tour right in the lobby. A sculpture called “Plastic Storm” by George Sabra of Austin Texas is currently on exhibit, which represents the massive storm of plastic waste generated by people on a daily basis.
Visitors will have a chance to meet the artists, photographers, sculptors and artisans and witness the creative process at work. Even poets, musicians and performance artists will be on hand to make the day a memorable one, according to Fallo.
Liz Cohen Ndoye and her husband Ibou Ndoye are two artists who are participating in this year’s tour.
Liz will be showcasing her mixed media art including sculptures and glass paintings in both her personal home studio at 235 Garden St. and Hob’art Gallery in the Monroe Center at 720 Monroe St.
“It brings in a lot of people from places far and wide and it enables people, at no charge at all, to see what is going on in the art world. And I think that’s pretty exciting stuff,” said Liz. “It enables us artists out there to be looked at and purchased, which is always a good thing got to move that inventory.”
Ibou will also be exhibiting his work in their home studio including glass paintings, prints, and sculptures.
Liz said she likes to open her home studio in addition to displaying art in galleries, because she thinks people should see the artistic process.
“The nature of the tour is for artists to see our work and the process of creating, as well as finished art,” said Liz. “I love that aspect of the tour. I believe the process is more important than finished work.”
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